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Pennington lands on injured reserve, future in question

The acquisition of Tyler Thigpen unofficially confirmed what many have reported for the last day: Dolphins starting quarterback Chad Pennington will miss the rest of the season.

Miami made it official Tuesday, placing him on injured reserve.

The big question now is whether Pennington will continue to play football after another shoulder injury.

The Miami Herald writes that Pennington will seek a second opinion on his shoulder Friday from Dr. James Andrews.  Since this season has already been decided, that meeting is expected to provide clarity regarding Pennington’s future.

Herald reporter Jeff Darlington tweeted on the issue Monday, writing, “I’m curious to
see what Pennington decides to do. He might have too much passion to
hang it up, but he also loves life away from football. . . .
I spent quite a
bit of time with him this offseason, and he was excited about idea of
moving to West Virginia to coach high school football.”

This will be Pennington’s third surgery on his right shoulder.

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28 Responses to “Pennington lands on injured reserve, future in question”
  1. florio's_mom says: Sep 29, 2009 3:36 PM

    Chad Pennington
    Comeback Player of the Year- 2010-2011 season

  2. Buttered Izel Jenkins says: Sep 29, 2009 3:38 PM

    I hope he can come back. He’s a classy, quality quarterback.

  3. Fike Mlorio says: Sep 29, 2009 3:39 PM

    he’ll win comeback player of the year next year

  4. FumbleNuts says: Sep 29, 2009 3:40 PM

    Pennington should join the guys in broadcasting and call it a career.

  5. heavysixer says: Sep 29, 2009 3:42 PM

    Does this mean Florio Jr. will have a new head coach?

  6. jennifer says: Sep 29, 2009 3:43 PM

    Pennington didn’t have much of an arm after the last surgery… now another one? Not looking good for him.

  7. Tdk24 says: Sep 29, 2009 3:49 PM

    Same results in Miami as in New York. Same ole sorry ass Pennington.

  8. hayward giablommi says: Sep 29, 2009 3:49 PM

    Best of luck to Chad whatever he does. Class act all around.

  9. Resolution says: Sep 29, 2009 3:55 PM

    Too bad, he is entertaining to watch play. Hes (obviously) smart, he’ll find a place to play.
    Maybe the Vikings will need a QB next season after Favre retires. (c’mon, thats funny damit!)

  10. shannscott2000 says: Sep 29, 2009 3:58 PM

    He should hang it up! I personally like the guy, and I’m sure he has a passion for the game, but it would be nice to walk away from the game with two fully-functioning arms. He seems like a smart guy and would probably make a decent coach…better than Raheem Morris. Hey-oooooooohhhhh!

  11. Jackazimuth says: Sep 29, 2009 3:58 PM

    Best play-action ball-faker ever.

  12. CliveRush says: Sep 29, 2009 3:59 PM

    If this is the end of his playing days then raise a toast to on hell of a football player. He endured bad coaches and other pitfalls playing for the NY RATS and their fairweather fans. He always acted like a man and deserves credit for his leadership.

  13. leatherneck says: Sep 29, 2009 4:01 PM

    Chad Pennington has made more of what he had than a lot of quarterbacks with greater talent. He has always been a winner.

  14. NYJETS says: Sep 29, 2009 4:02 PM

    Chad came back a few times against all odds…a great QB, and when healthy, he always WON! Let’s give the guy some credit…11-5 with the Dolphins last year? Wow!
    2002 (Came in game 4) win division and wild card game (41-0 over colts). plays terribly against raiders in next round and they lose
    2003 (hurt in last preseason game…missed 7 games to start season)
    2004 wild card, did miss 3 games for injury) Doug Brien missed 2 field goals against steelers in 2nd round playoff game with under 5 minutes left)
    2005 3 games played
    2006 NFL comeback player of the year…wild card team.
    2007 8 games played (they were bad anyways but only got worse after he got hurt)
    2008 NFL comeback player of the year, win division

  15. PimP JuicE MaN says: Sep 29, 2009 4:06 PM

    Chad, keep on coming back, never let them keep you down, it shows what type of competitor you are. Hey, you might even get the Miami QB job considering the dead weight they are pushing to take over AND remember Bill drafted you, he always trusts HIS guys, BUT YOU KNOW THAT.
    THE HEART OF A LION…………

  16. hrmlss says: Sep 29, 2009 4:06 PM

    He’ll be a top college or NFL coach in a few years.

  17. Gautam says: Sep 29, 2009 4:07 PM

    Good luck Chad. Not a great QB but a consistent QB who could be trusted to not commit too many turnovers.

  18. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 29, 2009 4:11 PM

    he is a class guy and a great leader. say what you want about his physical limitations (arm strength, durability), but he always gave 100%. He was bleeding from the face in an earlier play in the same game he lost his shoulder.
    If he does go into coaching, i hope we can convince him to stick around the Dolphins corporation. I realize there is a level of fun to coaching school kids, but if you have an “in” at the professional level, i would love to see him take it. :)

  19. Dilagable says: Sep 29, 2009 4:41 PM

    Great career. Great leader. Great guy. I was expecting to see him this weekend when I went to the game. Wish the best to him. Thanks for 110% effort he always put in.

  20. moral-authority says: Sep 29, 2009 5:21 PM

    He needs to realize that injury cuts careers short. Three shoulder surgeries is more than writing on the wall. He paid, good looking, youg & intelligent. Let’s see if his next decisions reflects those qualities. Good luck CP.

  21. gwinn1952 says: Sep 29, 2009 5:40 PM

    Should he want to come back after surgery….come on back Chad. He’s not one of the top 10 qb’s, but sure could be used by a lot of teams should Miami not want him. Wish him well….

  22. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Sep 29, 2009 6:45 PM

    phin fan….agreed ,if pennington decides to go into coaching,he should stay in miami if possible.nothing like learning from the parcells “learning tree”.once you become one of parcells guys you are annointed.

  23. stanjam says: Sep 29, 2009 6:51 PM

    Great quarterback limited by playing for mediocre teams. One of the most accurate passers ever.

  24. gazretired says: Sep 29, 2009 7:00 PM

    Chad will be a success in anything goes into. A real class act. The NFL needs a lot more like him.

  25. Dave KC says: Sep 29, 2009 7:36 PM

    Def. a class act – Who can forget the loser JETS fans cheering as Chad was virtually crawling to the sidelines………A pain in the a$$ opponent in the AFC East for alot of years – Whatever you do Chad , GOOD LUCK!!!!

  26. Philtration says: Sep 29, 2009 10:49 PM

    He will walk away.
    Good for him.

  27. MikeFlorio'sSource1 says: Sep 29, 2009 11:03 PM

    This guy has a shot to win an unprecdented 3 comback player of the year awards. Not a record you want to hold.

  28. piemaster says: Sep 30, 2009 1:34 AM

    “He might have too much passion to hang it up, but he also loves life away from football. . . . I spent quite a bit of time with him this offseason, and he was excited about idea of moving to West Virginia to coach high school football.”

    Sounds like a great ‘life away from football’ :)

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